This report is concerned with the ways in which governance of Lebanon’s economy underpins its structural and overt conflict dynamics. The report contains four case studies that collectively illustrate how the system of sharing political power across conflict actors ostensibly representing sectarian power groups has directly enabled their dominance of economic opportunity in the post-war era. In particular, active engagement in the primary economic sectors on the part of political actors that dominate the 'private sector' presents significant opportunities for enrichment on the part of these individuals. Wealth creation in turn enables further power entrenchment, and further stasis in the political system.
- Date:October 2015